Community theatre

24th August 2017

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Embracing Wadham’s invitation to neighbours to decorate hoarding panels for its Iffley Road student accommodation building site, Pegasus Theatre has created a vibrant and informative timeline detailing its history from 1962 up to the present day.

The fascinating story of this innovative community theatre has gone on display on hoardings outside the Iffley Road site.

The panels were painted by former Head of Technical and Production at Pegasus, Nomi Everall, a designer, technician and illustrator based in Oxford.

Wadham is hopeful that its students will collaborate with new neighbour, Pegasus Theatre, in the future - an idea which Nomi wholeheartedly endorses.

“There are all sorts of ways to get involved, from being a front of house volunteer usher (who gets to see shows for free when they're ushering) to short and long term placements on projects for young people in all sorts of art forms.”

Nomi carved her own career through local community theatre. “As a child and teenager I had been heavily involved with my local community theatre at South Hill Park in Bracknell. This instilled a love of both theatre-making and working with hugely intergenerational groups of people in me.

“I became involved with Pegasus back in 2003 after graduating from Warwick University with an English and Theatre Studies degree.  I wanted to go into theatre, but had no vocational training and only amateur/student practical experience to draw on. Pegasus happened to be offering a one year technical traineeship, which I applied for and got. Pegasus have always excelled at supporting young artists and encouraging on-the-job training. I spent a year learning the basics of lighting, sound and set construction as part of a small, busy, multi-skilled team who were passionate about making high quality theatre with young people.”

Nomi went on to become a part-time technician at Pegasus and then a specialist Youth Leader in Technical and Production. “My role focused on supporting young designers and technicians to design, build and crew their own shows and in production, managing all the productions we made in-house. It was a huge challenge and joy to be able to support the next generation of young theatre-makers.”

Among the shows, installations and exhibitions Nomi has worked on recently are 'Lord of the Flies' 2016, 'Lee Raven Boy Thief' 2015, 'Warzone and The Power Within' 2015 and 'Dream On...' 2013. Nomi is also Company Designer for Fail Better Productions (www.failbetterproductions.co.uk) and designs for a variety of small-scale theatre and dance companies based in Oxfordshire. Most recently she designed the set for 'Storming Utopia' (an intergenerational collaboration between Pegasus Theatre and Oxford University (TORCH)) 'Night Light' (Mandala Theatre) and #Black Lives Matter (Unlock The Chains Collective) and she will be designing Hidden Spire 2017 ('Sawdust') for Arts at the Old Fire Station and Crisis Skylight this autumn.

Wadham College students will live in the 135 bedroom Dorothy Wadham Building in Iffley Road from September 2019.